A preliminary psychosocial study of parkinsonʼs patients after fetal tissue transplantation

Fu In Tang*, Shuh Jen Sheu, Ching Huey Chen, Yun Wang, Shinn Zong Lin

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A novel and promising approach currently available is the grafting of fetal nigra tissues into the brain of a Parkinson's patient. However, the degree of success for such treatment has mainly been evaluated by histological, radiological and physical assessments, with little or no attention paid to its effects on the patient's psychosocial status. In order to provide a more comprehensive profile, a survey was conducted using questionnaires and interviews to examine the physio-psycho-social progress of six Parkinson's patients who underwent fetal tissue grafting in Taiwan. Results indicated that the physiological effects varied among patients. Noticeably an improvement in walking was the most gratifying, but progress in dressing and writing ability seemed disappointing. From the psychological point of view, depression was commonly felt by patients. Other feelings included fear, ambivalence, and change in body image. In addition, all six patients found that their relationship with spouse became worse; they also reduced social interaction to the minimum. From the findings, we also noticed that inadequate knowledge contributed to part of the results. Therefore, some nursing suggestions especially educating the patients and family about the facts and outcome of fetal tissue transplantation are highly recommended. These may help Parkinson's patients adjust better after undergoing this novel treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalThe journal of nursing research : JNR
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2002


  • Fetal transplantation
  • Nursing
  • Parkinsonʼs disease
  • Psychosocial


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